2016 Plaza 10k
Sunday, September 11th, 2016 @ 7:30am
(2-mile fun run at ~7:50am)
Country Club Plaza @ Wornall Rd
Kansas City, Missouri
The Heartland 30k Series starts off with a bang! Enter the Plaza 10k, of the most popular area 10k's. The Country Club Plaza is a Kansas City staple, and a historic landmark at that. The surrounding area is just as much. And this run foots over all of it. Proceeds go to not-for-profit children and family behavioral health center, KidsTLC.
To the race preview.
Thursday, September 8th, 11:00am to 6:00pm
KC Running Company
1555 NE Douglas St
Lee's Summit, MO
Friday, September 9th, 11:00am to 6:00pm
KC Running Company
4760 W. 135th Street
Saturday, September 10th, 11:00am to 6:00pm
T-Loft on the Plaza
200 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO
(packet pick-up is NOT available on race-day)
Race-day parking usually doesn't present too much of an issue for participants -- unless you like to cut it reeeeeal close to start time. There are parking garages open as well as on-street parking (my preference), but once those fill up, things get tight. Arrive early!!!
Exact location of the start/finish line is noted below.
Additional Race Day Information
In it's sixth year, the Plaza 10k holds the same 10k course route as years' previous -- which is totally fine with me. Absolutely beautiful area.
Here are the basics for the 2016 10k route...
Runners will start on Ward Parkway, between the front rows of shops and Brush Creek. The route heads West on Ward Parkway to Pembroke Hill Academy, and a turnaround back East on Volker. Once back in the Plaza, left and right turns put runners back on to Ward before the left turn North on Jefferson Street, and the first (and steepest, albeit short) climb of the day. From there it's straight East on Emanuel Cleaver II, past the Nelson-Atkins (pretty!), all the way to Hwy 71. Climb 2 comes in at the turnaround back on to Volker Boulevard, this time West. Approaching UMKC, climb 3 comes in, though is relatively short, much like the Jefferson Street climb. Around the backside of the Northern-most edge of UMKC's campus, the route turns South briefly, only to run back North, ending at the finish line on Ward Parkway.
Of the four races in the Heartland 30k Series, this is the flattest, with under 300 feet of total climbing over the entire 6.26-mile route.
Though there is a non-timed fun-run (2 miles), the 10k is the only race option for the Plaza 10k.
That's all I got! Until then, keep R/B/S'ing.
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